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Recent articles by Simon:

UFC 282 'Embedded,' No. 5: Up close at the press conference faceoffs

Watch as things got a little feisty between Ilia Topuria and Bryce Mitchell during their first faceoff of UFC 282 fight week. → Read More

Jay Perrin laughs at Raul Rosas Jr.'s plan to be UFC champ by 20: 'And I want to be Santa Claus'

Jay Perrin, who fights Raul Rosas Jr. at UFC 282, has nothing against the 18-year-old but thinks people are only “enamored” with his age. → Read More

UFC 286 announced for March 18 in London

The UFC is bringing a pay-per-view to the U.K. in 2023. → Read More

'Liberate myself in any way': What could Tai Emery have in store for encore at BKFC Thailand 4?

Tai Emery someday will be more than “the Carmen Electra or the Pamela Anderson in the fight world,” but for now she’ll enjoy it. → Read More

Conor McGregor fires back at Joe Rogan over accusations of PED use

You didn’t think Conor McGregor would just let Joe Rogan take a shot at him without giving one back, did you? → Read More

Video: UFC 282 'Countdown' for Paddy Pimblett vs. Jared Gordon

Take a closer look as rising star Paddy Pimblett gets set for his biggest stage yet at UFC 282. → Read More

Video: UFC 282 'Countdown' for Jan Blachowicz vs. Magomed Ankalaev

Take a deeper look at the unexpected title showdown between Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev at UFC 282. → Read More

Tracy Cortez coy on 'private matter' that forced her out of UFC Orlando fight vs. Amanda Ribas

UFC flyweight Tracy Cortez says she’s open up about why she couldn’t fight Amanda Ribas “when the time is right.” → Read More

Ovince Saint Preux loses third UFC 282 opponent after Antonio Trocoli withdraws

Ovince Saint Preux and UFC 282 apparently just don’t mix well together. → Read More

Video: ONE on Prime Video 5 pre-event press conference

Watch the ONE on Prime Video 5 press conference ahead of Friday’s even headlined by a middleweight title fight. → Read More

Kayla Harrison says she's 'beyond upset about losing' in emotional Instagram post

Now that she’s had time to reflect on her first-career MMA defeat, Kayla Harrison has gained some perspective. → Read More

Nate Diaz officially a free agent, but door open for Conor McGregor trilogy in UFC

Nate Diaz’s exclusive negotiating period is over, meaning his time with the UFC is officially up – at least for now. → Read More

Video: Israel Adesanya impressively belches his way through spicy wings challenge on 'Hot Ones'

Watch as Israel Adesanya conquers the “Hot Ones” spicy wings challenge like a champ. → Read More

2022 PFL Championships weigh-in results: Kayla Harrison, 11 other finalists hit marks

Two-time champion Kayla Harrison was among all 12 finalists to hit their marks for Friday’s $1 million title fights. → Read More

Larissa Pacheco declares 'this is my time' heading into Kayla Harrison trilogy at 2022 PFL Championships

Winning at the 2022 PFL Championships would mean Larissa Pacheco earns $1 million and becomes the first woman to beat Kayla Harrison. → Read More

Conor McGregor signals timeline for return to USADA program, 'clear for testing in February'

Whether or not he means it is anyone’s guess, but Conor McGregor indicated that he’ll soon be ready to take the first step toward a UFC return. → Read More

Ciryl Gane, Curtis Blaydes perk up after hearing about UFC plans for Jon Jones

If Francis Ngannou vs. Jon Jones can’t get made for March, Ciryl Gane and Curtis Blaydes would gladly fight the former UFC light heavyweight champ. → Read More

Bellator president Scott Coker shares 'the thing that is frustrating' about Dillon Danis

Dealing with Dillon Danis hasn’t been ideal for Bellator president Scott Coker these past few years. → Read More

'Perth is a long way to travel to get beaten up,' but Jack Della Maddalena hopes someone willing to at UFC 284

After another dominant finish, Jack Della Maddalena seeks a fight on home soil at UFC 284. → Read More

Jason David Frank, 'Power Rangers' star and former MMA fighter, dead at 49

Jason David Frank, best known for starring in the original “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” series, won his only pro MMA bout in 2010. → Read More